Promoting Student Health For Student Success

School nurse and student


President Column

President Column

SNOM welcomes you back to school!

The SNOM Board came back together on August 19 with many updates from summer working groups.Our strategic planning committee shared their proposal for our collective direction moving forward. Four goals for our future include:


1.   Develop connections and partnerships with organizations that promote student health.
2.   Integrate the Framework for 21st Century School Nursing Practice into Minnesota Schools.
3.   Enhance membership in SNOM and promote the leadership skills of SNOM members.
4.   Advocate for collection of statewide data connected to student health and school health services.

See the full-approved strategic plan on our website in the near future. Thank you Lillian Levine, Susan Nokleby, Mary Heiman, Liz Zeno and Cynthia Hiltz for your leadership in our future. Our partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health continues with multiple collaborative efforts for community and school health. Consider becoming involved, commitments vary depending on necessary work, but your volunteer time is appreciated!

SNOM will re-evaluate/revise our by-laws based on NASN’s recent approval of new by-laws. Congratulations to our SNOM, Ellen Parker, Lakeville Area Public Schools, and our SNAY, Tara Cliff, Eastern Carver County Schools.Celebrate them with us at our Annual Conference on Friday and Saturday November 1-2! The keynote speaker is Michelle Backes, “The Trust Edge”. The NBCSN Fall testing window is October 31-November 13, with registration is currently open through September 30. Stop by the table set up at conference if you have questions about the process. 

We continue to work on our data collection efforts, Erika Yoney, MDH,is in the process of communicating our collective needs to our Student Information System vendors. Currently, approximately 1/3 of our Minnesota students do not have health services available in their schools. Stay tuned, our profession is based on evidence-based practice and it all starts with data.

Thank you Kathy Schulz, Pam Walcher, Mary Bielski-Heiman, Susan Nokleby, Robin Schmitz, Beatrice Benda and Jill Johnsonfor volunteering to work at the State Fair Education Minnesota booth. You were a big hit, engaging with students and families with your enlightenment on school nursing and public health!

SNOM welcomes you back to school! We are with you, together we can do more AND the journey is a lot more fun! 

Gratefully yours,

Deb Mehr, SNOM President